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It is applied as an alternative solvent to dichloromethane, where it has a higher bp. It is used as an intermediate for dyes and pharmaceuticals, as a solvent and a dielectric fluid, a vulcanizing agent.
Ogawa A, et al. Benzotrifluoride: A Useful Alternative Solvent for Organic Reactions Currently Conducted in Dichloromethane and Related Solvents.J. Org. Chem.,199762(3), 450-451.
Lava R, et al. Determination of benzotrifluoride derivative compounds in groundwater.Anal. Chim. Acta. 2013804126-134.
Non-chlorinated alternative solvent to dichloromethane for a variety of reactions including Swern, Dess-Martin and hydrogen peroxide oxidations, and Lewis acid promoted reactions: J. Org. Chem., 62, 450 (1997).
Metallation of benzotrifluoride with n-BuLi in diethyl ether is unselective, giving, on quenching with CO2, a mixture consisting largely of ortho- and meta-trifluoromethyl benzoic acids: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 68, 1658 (1946). Use of the superbasic combination of n-BuLi and KO-t-Bu was found to give regioselective ortho-metallation, leading to high yields of the ortho-acid: Synlett, 747 (1990).
Hazard Statements: H225
Highly flammable liquid and vapour.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P261-P273
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Avoid release to the environment.